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Negra Modelo | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
gmodelo.mx

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear red-orange color with a 1/4" head of off white bubbles on top that seemed like it was going to be around for a while. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but there remains a wisp of foam across the top of the beer indicating that it has some residual body and goodness. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Really sweet and toasty aromatics from Vienna malt is typical for the style, and a welcomed visitor after some of the other Vienna’s I have tried tonight. I can pick out a bit of caramel (or cara vienne) here as well as what smells like a hint of roast. No hops to speak of yet.

Taste: The flavor follows pretty closely to the aroma. It is relatively sweet with lots of buttered toast notes to the flavor. The beginning of the taste was a bit muddles with the aforementioned flavors. A dark grain flavor sets in after your initial dose of toast that gives you a bit of caramel. The carbonation is adequate to light which leaves the beer feeling a little wet after consuming. There is no alcohol or hops apparent, but if you drink a few nice slugs...there is a bit of a warming in the belly which would lead me to believe that this one was around 4.5-5.5%ABV.

Opinion: Well, I have been on a mission tonight to try all of the commercial Vienna lagers available to me, and this one has been the best so far. It has a noticeable toasty malt presence that was lacking in other examples. A Vienna beer isn't huge, but I would have liked to have had a bit more of the malt presence that there was here without the dark caramel flavors. If I were to make a suggestion to the brewer, it would be to use lighter colored crystal malts, no roast, and maybe substitute a bit of Munich for some of the Vienna malt. Still, this is a pretty approachable beer.

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Photo of BColton1
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Bear1964
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of firkingroovin
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of MammothTarantula
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of donspublic
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doktorhops
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hey look, it’s one of those beers I’ve had often but never reviewed: Negra Modelo. Generally because it’s not a Lager in the vein of Corona like almost every other Mexican beer, ever... Negra Modelo is one of my go-to Mexican restuarant beers (at least until craft beer takes off in Mexico, which we are starting to see with brews like Red Pig). Anyway, it is what it is, and I for one think Mexico benefits greatly by knowing how to brew and export a beer style other than Adjunct Lagers - here’s looking at you Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. (huh, same brewery as Corona, there you go).

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a stein.

A: Deep clear caramel brown body with a thin half centimetre beige head that soon fizzles out like a damp squib. Not the most attractive beer ever nor does it look like a train wreck either, a middle ground here. 6/10.

S: Aroma has a real cola-esque fragrance to it - look you’re not fooling anyone Grupo Modelo: This is a glass of Corona with Coca-Cola syrup added to it isn’t it? Seriously though there isn’t much to this brew in way of aromas - a coke/sugar like sheen with some light caramel malt and naught else I’m afraid. 6/10.

T: Flavour is on the lighter side, with Negra Modelo just slightly unable to shake the feeling of being an alcoholic soda drink (again Coke comes to mind). Hints of caramel and a slight herbal note towards the back. Finishes crisp and dry with a mild bitterness. Aftertaste takes on a toasty caramel character. Refreshing beer? No doubts here. 7/10.

M: Mid to light, slight watery bodied, with an affably (for a Mexican brew) dense carbonation - it’s a bit fuller in texture than other common Mexican beers. 8/10.

D: Apart from being a little bit pedestrian this is one of the better, and let’s be honest the competition isn’t grand, Mexican beers on the market atm. However setting this aside how does it stack up against other Vienna Lagers out there? Considering my limited experience with the style [having reviewed only 3 others]: Better than Dos Equis but worse than Sam Adams. Other than that it is still my go to in the Mexican restaurant purely for being the lessor of shites, not a thing to be proud of: But a thing nonetheless. 6/10.

Food match: Considering I’ve only ever had this with Mexican food I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say: Indian. Ha, gotcha!

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Photo of tpauer
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle poured in a its own (pilsener) glass.

My favorite Mexican beer so far.

A: Nice amber to brown color with thick-creamy head
S: Sweet roasted malts and caramel are very evident
T: Like the nose, sweet roasted malts and caramel, however, it doesn't have a sweet taste. As a matter of fact, it has a nice soft-dry taste with a nice light hoppy-bitter end
M: Light body and medium carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Kind of soft molasses sensation
D: Good drinkability. Quite refreshing beer...

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Photo of Fabiand
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of qcghost
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tend to order this one when I go to a Mexian restaurant I frequent called Talita's. I have had always been careful about these type of beers, but I found this to be quite drinkable.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Hibernator
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation is a 12 oz brown stubby bottle with gold foil on the top of the bottle. Served in a glass and I also drank some of the beer from the bottle.

Tranparent brown color with a somewhat sticky lacing on the glass.

Neutral in aroma. Bubbly carbonation with a minmal head.

Slight roasted malt profile with a citrus zing and baby hop bitterness. Malty flavors that blends nuts and sweetness.

This is my Mexican beer of preference when at a Mexican restaurant and faced with the typical Mexican beer selection. This beer will work with just about any Mexican dish.

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Photo of kjyost
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 010610 poured into a beer mug at ~7C, let rise to 11C during session.

A: A clear copper red brew with a small head that isn't lacing, but leaves a nice ring about the edge.
S: Biscuit, Earthy hop, sweet caramel malt
T/M: Thick sweet malt body finishes long and lingering sweetness. Could be considered cloying at times. Touches of bread and malt also play into the beer. Lighter carb then expected, but it suits the sweetness.
D: Enjoyable, a beer to reach for when you want something that has a nice body, but not a beer to drink quickly when parched...

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown liquid with excellent clarity with 1/4" creamy head.

S: Clean yeast, sweet rich malt, citrusy hops.

T: Rich malty backbone with toffee, sweet bread, honey, and citrus.

M: Medium to thick. Crisp and clean finish.

O: This beer is one of my first loves due to the decoction mashing and the corresponding rich malty backbone. Its a shame that too often it comes stale.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, there is absolutely no good reason to put a lime wedge into a darker lager beer. For the purpose of this review enjoyed a bottle at a Mexican restaurant after said lime was extracted from the bottle neck. This is my favorite widely available beer down in Mexico and I will drink it here too should the occasion arise (Bavaria is another really good dark Mexican lager albeit harder to find at restaurants and bars). This brew is light brown, looking like iced tea or watery cola, with a decent amount of off-white to light tan head that will keep its shape for a bit provided you don't kill it off with lime juice. This beer is also served ice-cold pretty much anywhere you order it ... The initially weak aroma and flavors will develop if the beer is allowed to warm up a bit. Nose and palate jive quite nicely, amber and dark malts providing a mellow brown sugar backdrop with hints of raisin and roasted barley, along with vanilla-esque floral notes and some hops that recall sweet hay. The beer is highly carbonated and quite thin as one might expect, but well worth the attention that you probably wouldn't pay to a Corona or Sol. Malt forward but not aggressive and the mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. Less bold than other Munich Dunkels I've had and I think this is better classfied as a Graf-style Vienna lager. The aforementioned Bavaria is a Munich dunkel. But hey.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Josholson666
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gajo74
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew to have with Mexican food. A hint of syrupy sweetness helps balance the spicy flavors of the food. However, there is an aftertaste that makes it tough for me to get through.

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Photo of ChaseTheAce
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 3,356 ratings
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